5 Tips for Getting Your First Tattoo

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Getting any tattoo, regardless of which number it is is a big commitment because as everyone will tell you, “it’s on your body forever,” well – more or less. So, when you finally choose to take the big leap and get your first tattoo, you want to make sure that first, it’s something you really want, and second, you’re ready to take care of it.

Many people assume that once they get a tattoo, the care process ends after it heals, but that’s not the case. If you like to go tanning, you want to make sure that you apply a strong SPF sunscreen to the ink, otherwise the ink will fade and you’ll spend more money getting touch ups than you initially did getting the tattoo.  However, that’s the aftercare — we’re here to talk about what to do before you get the actual tattoo.

5 Tips to Follow When Getting Your First Tattoo

  1. Shop Around

    The worst mistake you can make is settling on the first tattoo shop you drive by on the road. While it’s inevitable that some of those tattoo shops are “sketchy,” the artists may not be well versed in what you’re looking for. For example, if you want a tattoo with color, that requires shading so it doesn’t look like a pre-school painting, and if you choose an artist who specializes in black and white work… well, they may not give you the most desired final product. So, do your research, look around online at the portfolios of tattoo artists in your area, and once you’re there, look around to make sure the shop is clean because that’s also another huge factor.

  2. Don’t Push The Artist

    Once you’ve chosen your artist, you’re going to have somewhat of a creative meeting with them to let them know what you want. That’s when they take your idea and bring it to life by drawing it out themselves, first. When they do this, you don’t want to hound them and pressure them to get it done fast. Think about it this way, this isn’t just a sharpie they’re using on your skin, it’s something that will last a lot longer so, you want them to take their creative time to make it perfect.

  3. Accept What’s Happening

    The sooner you accept that this will most likely be going on your body forever, the better. You want to look at your tattoo every day and think, “yeah, I’m really glad I got this.” A lot of tattoo artists are great salesmen and can probably convince you into getting a tattoo even if it’s small so, go in knowing what you want and if you’re not sure what you want yet, don’t decide at the last minute.

  4. Look Up Your Design

    The biggest mistake people make when getting a tattoo is if they are getting a phrase in another language and botch the spelling. No tattoo artist is well versed in every mythological symbol, therefore rather than be upset with them if it’s wrong, look it up yourself to make sure it’s right. Also, if it’s something intricate, double check the tattoo artists sketch before he puts on the stencil.

Take A Breath. Getting a tattoo can be a nerve wracking experience, especially for those who don’t do well with pain or around needles. So, remember to relax, the feeling while getting a tattoo isn’t so much painful as it is irritating, but if you choose the right artist, you’ll be very pleased with the end result and it’ll all be worth it.